Everyone wants their face to look its best. It’s probably the first thing people will notice when they see you so it’s no wonder that an affliction like acne can be a huge drag on your confidence and self-esteem. And while over-the-counter creams and gels are certainly an option, you may want a solution that’s more effective If you’ve been considering microneedling to help with acne scars, here’s what you need to know.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using tiny sterilized needles to puncture the skin. The punctures only go surface deep and are not intended to draw blood while the needles themselves are only 0.5 and 2.5 millimeters in diameter.
What is it for?
There are a number of benefits that microneedling can provide including a boost to collagen, improve the appearance of acne scars and even promote hair growth. Additionally, it can be used to treat a number of conditions including:
- Hair loss
- Dark spots or patches on your skin (hyperpigmentation)
- Large pores
- Reduced skin elasticity
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
The aim of the procedure is to start your body’s healing process by sending collagen and elastin to patch up the punctures making it a fantastic form of treatment for something like acne scars.
How does it work?
Microneedling can be done both in-office and by yourself at home, however, the in office treatment is more effective and safer. The in-office procedure usually takes around 10-20 minutes and starts with a numbing cream rubbed onto the patient’s skin so they don’t feel the needles. The practitioner will then use a roller with needles (derma roller) and roll it across the skin. Finally, a serum will typically be applied to the treated area at the end of the procedure.
For home use, a derma roller can be bought and applied in a similar way. However, it’s very important that the needles of the dermaroller are properly sterilized before use.
Microneedling does take time for the results to be seen. Typically, you will need to undergo 4-6 procedures before the first signs of results appear. But the results are typically good and can lead to a 400% increase of collagen and elastin, a very good result for your skin. Unlike other, more invasive methods, microneedling is also considered safe for darker skin types making it extremely accessible.
There are some risks that can occur from microneedling. This can include: redness, peeling skin and possible scarring. Additionally, if the needles are not properly sterilized, there is also a chance of infection. However, as long as you use a trusted practice to perform the treatment, there really isn’t much to worry about.
No one wants to be dealing with acne, regardless of what age they are. It can shake your confidence and really affect how you feel. Fortunately, there are options available to you and microneedling may just be the best. Glow Aesthetic Center offers free consultations to all prospective patients who are looking to see if microneedling is right for them. When you visit Glow Aesthetic Center for a free consultation, you get to meet with one of our board-certified practitioners, who will go over all your goals and concerns with the treatment, and make a customized treatment plan just for you. Click here to book an appointment now for a free consultation, or call (818) 905-8815 to speak with one of our experienced beauty consultants.